Terenzuola

At once both Tuscan and Ligurian, the wines of Terenzuola reflect the duality of their terroir. The vineyards face the Mediterranean, which provides warm sun and cool breezes, but also find themselves in the Apuan Alps (a subzone of the Apennine mountain chain), which provide freshness and complexity. The resulting wines dance on the palate with an incredible balance of fruit, minerality, acidity and complexity. And the history of the family that owns the estate is no less captivating than the wines themselves!

The Giuliani family arrived in New York City in the late 1800s as emigrants from a difficult corner of Emilia Romagna. In the United States, they prospered until the great depression of 1929, when they decided to return to Italy. With their savings, they purchased a small three hectare farm in the northern part of Tuscany and in the southern part of Liguria, between the Apennine Mountains and the sea of Liguria. The area is known as the Lunigiana – after the city of Luni, an ancient Roman colony of the second century b.c. located near the mouth of the Magra river. Throughout history this has always been a contested area. In their times the Romans, the bishops of Medieval Italy, the feudal lords of Florence, and now the byzantine bureaucrats of today's Italy have fought over the political borders of these lands.

Today, Ivan Giuliani is at the helm of the estate. As a young man, starting in 1993, he helped his uncle to bottle their harvest and sold the wine to local restaurants. But in 1995, he was called away from home to complete his mandatory military service. Entirely by coincidence, he was stationed in Friuli and Slovenia--"a borderland" not unlike his native Lunigiana. There he learned to make better wine alongside local vignerons and gained an appreciation for the idea of living off the land, as well as respecting it. Sustainability and environmentally-safe practices are a big part of his concern as a winemaker. When he finished his military service, he returned home and decided to dedicate his life to making wine at his family estate.

In 2007, together with his friend and fellow vigneron Marco Nicolini, he renovated the cellars at Terenzuola, and brought the total hectares under his management to 18. Also in this year, he formed a partnership with Evasio Pasini, whose family for centuries had lived and cultivated vineyards in the Riomaggiore township of the Cinque Terre. The landscape here was crafted by man over thousands of years of work by hand, without mechanization. The hillsides were terraced with sandstone rocks, skillfully placed one by one and kept together only with dirt and crushed stone, without the use of any mortar. In 2012, Terenzuola bought out Pasini from the Cinque Terre project and brought the label under the umbrella of Terenzuola.

Vineyard Practices:
Colli di Luni – 8-9,000 vines/ha. Every other row is cultivated with a tractor (alternated each year) in order to avoid compacting the soil too heavily. Only organic treatments are used and copper sulphate is avoided. In fact, Ivan created a citric acid treatment for powdery mildew to further reduce his usage of copper.
Cinque Terre – 10-12,000 vines/ha with gobelet training. The vineyards are worked entirely by hand. Only organic treatments are used and copper sulphate is avoided. Citric acid treatments are used in its place.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Terenzuola 'Vigne Basse Vermentino Colli di Luni 2017
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Rich and intensely flavored, boasting peach, grapefruit, earth and wild herb aromas and flavors. Harmonious, with the acidity corralling the mineral-infused aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. 6,000 cases made.—B.S."  The Wine The Colli di Luni DOC straddles Liguria and
Item Number: 30462
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
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Terenzuola 'Corsano Vermentino Colli di Luni 2016
About the wine Grown at 370-440 meters above sea level in the towns of Fosdinovo and Castelnuovo, the Corsano is made exclusively from Vermentino. The grapes are picked by hand, from distinct plots (sand, loam and fossil materials), beginning in mid September and continuing into the the third week

Terenzuola 'Corsano Vermentino Colli di Luni 2015
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93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "A minerally and spicy white with nutmeg and citrus fruit character. Full and flavorful. Pretty density and texture. Drink now.”"  About the wine Grown at 370-440 meters above sea level in the towns of Fosdinovo and Castelnuovo, the Corsano is made exclusively from Vermentino.

Terenzuola 'Vigne Basse Vermentino Colli di Luni 2015
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 "A dense and fruity white with sliced pear and apple character. Hints of papaya. Full body, dense and flavorful. Delicious and fruity. Lots of tropical fruit. Drink now.”"  About the Wine The Colli di Luni DOC straddles Liguria and Tuscany on the picturesque Italian Riviera.